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Busser Bears by Leeann Snyder





http://www.busserbears.com

My bears reflect my own skewed sense of humor and personal outlook on life. My critters never fail to receive a comment or a giggle, especially when they are reminded of a family member or close friend. They are true characters in every sense of the word. Editions range from one of a kind, limited, and open editions, and my prices also reflect something for everyone's pocketbook.

One of the trademarks that helps to set my line apart from others is the "breather nose." I take great effort to ensure smooth, unique noses with nostrils. Each face is soft-sculpted to give greater depth and dimension for wonderful character. Put your ear close. You just might hear them breathe!

About

Picture a room, possibly one in the basement of a church, a group of people, 20 or so, and I tentatively raise my hand.

"My name is Leeann, and I . . . am . . . a Teddy Bear Addict," I speak quietly.Leeann Snyder - Teddy bear collector, artist, and addict!

Murmurs of sympathy abound.

"But worst of all, my husband just doesn't get it!" I blurt out.

Gasps of shock fill the air!

Yes, I am addicted to teddy bears. I am a collector as well as an artist. I eat, sleep, drink, dream, and BREATHE teddy bears! So called "normal" people just don't understand this wonderful affliction.

The world of teddy bears has brought me more joy and fulfillment than any other. Traveling is a dream I've always had. Before the world of teddy bears I had flown only once with my husband, Roger, to Florida. Since beginning this adventure in 1992, I now fly several times a year, traveling far east as Europe, and as far west as California.

Like most soft-sculpture artists, I stumbled rather naively into bear making. Over the years I had subscribed to teddy bear magazines, my mouth watering, looking at bear after bear, each more amazing than the last! Past crafting experiences had left me burnt out and frazzled, but with the creation of my first bear, I was truly hooked! My skills honed from years of creating really came together, and when the dress shop that I managed closed, I found myself in "the business."

Coming up with a moniker as unique and unusual as myself, proved to be an exasperating experience! Then I remembered my son, Benjamin's nickname as a toddler and the way in which he truly earned it. I recalled the many nights I stayed awake with him during coughing bouts brought on by asthma. Throughout the night I would rub his back and sing the children's song "Ten Bears in Bed" over and over again. I must have sung that song hundreds of times and somehow I came up with the nickname "Busser Bear" and it stuck.

My bears reflect my own skewed sense of humor and personal outlook on life. My critters never fail to receive a comment or a giggle, especially when they are reminded of a family member or close friend. They are true characters in every sense of the word. Editions range from one of a kind, limited, and open editions, and my prices also reflect something for everyone's pocketbook.

Collectors sometimes inquire about how I come up with so many interesting names. I always say, "Look at the bear's face, then look at the name." They are constantly amazed to find it fits the creation exactly! Each bear or critter seems to name his or herself, and many times even before they are completed.

One of the trademarks that helps to set my line apart from others is the "breather nose." I take great effort to ensure smooth, unique noses with nostrils. Each face is soft-sculpted to give greater depth and dimension for wonderful character. Put your ear close. You just might hear them breathe!


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